How to Treat Asthma in Pediatric Patients

Your child may have restrictive airway disease, otherwise known as asthma, but it is a common problem and if you know how to treat asthma in pediatric patients, you can work to control the condition to help improve the quality of life for your child. The inflammation and tightness that your child will experience is normal, as well as the coughing and difficulty breathing. But by knowing what to do in case of an emergency, you can protect the safety of the child by being knowledgeable and quick to react in any asthma situation.

Steps

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    Know the symptoms of an asthma attack so that you can react quickly. Symptoms can include wheezing, coughing, difficulty breathing and/or a nighttime cough.
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    Know how to use a peak flow meter to help you determine how your child is faring with the management of his asthma. Peak flows for your child will represent how much air he can exhale from the lungs.
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    Be aware of what asthma medication is available.
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    Know your child's asthma triggers.
    • Being exposed to cigarette smoke or other chemicals can often trigger asthma in children. The Environmental Protection Agency has more information on asthma and cigarette smoke at http://www.epa.gov/asthma/shs.html.
    • Check out a list of additional child asthma triggers at http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site617/mainpageS617P0.html and work to keep your child away from these things.
    • Control your child's asthma by effectively managing your child's allergies. Uncontrolled allergies can trigger asthma attacks, so proper treatment and management of allergies will help you avoid additional unnecessary asthma issues.
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    Find a pediatric pulmonologist in your area to help treat your child's asthma. Having an experienced professional in your corner will help give you the reassurance and expertise that you need to tackle your child's condition head on.
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    Create your child's asthma action plan. You can also figure out your child's predicted peak flow.
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    Manage your child's asthma by using a peak flow calendar.

Tips

  • Don't use over-the-counter medication to treat your child's asthma.

Article Info

Categories: Asthma